The fourth entry within the 2022 IFSC (Worldwide Federation of Sport Climbing) Lead World Cup sequence went off with a bang in Briançon, France, over the weekend.
The IFSC Lead World Cup returned to the French Alps following a week-long break from circuit competitors, and the respite appeared to repay for a minimum of just a few climbers.
It appeared to learn the federation’s route-setting group, too. After receiving some evident criticism from excessive locations for setting substandard routes up to now two competitions, the IFSC’s setters lastly caught the touchdown in Briançon.
IFSC Lead World Cup Outcomes
Slender victories got here in each the lads’s and girls’s divisions. Ultimately, Slovenia’s Janja Garnbret continued her unbroken reign over the season.
On the lads’s aspect, American climber Jesse Grupper, who’d beforehand received bronze and silver this season, lastly claimed his first-ever IFSC gold. Grupper is shortly turning into probably the most constant performers of the 2022 lead season.
Ladies’s Lead Competitors
Two weeks in the past, plenty of climbers joined Garnbret in criticizing the route setting in Innsbruck, which practically all of the climbers topped within the finals spherical. The setting was notably extra attuned in Briançon.
Not one of the girls made it to the highest of the ultimate route this weekend. Garnbret practically made it, simply brushing the highest maintain earlier than popping off and scoring 42+. The maneuver put her one level forward of silver medallist Korea’s Chaehyun Search engine marketing, who landed 41+ factors. Natalia Grossman (USA) and teammate Brooke Raboutou appeared tied for bronze with 41 factors, however countbacks finally broke the tie in Grossman’s favor.
It’s Garnbret’s 53rd World Cup medal and thirty sixth gold. It’s additionally her twenty second gold in Lead alone, a stat that locations her third within the all-time Lead World Cup rating, simply behind South Korea’s Jain Kim and Austria’s Angela Eiter.
- Janja Garnbret (SLO): 42+
- Chaehyun Search engine marketing (KOR): 41+
- Natalia Grossman (USA): 41
- Brooke Raboutou (USA): 41
- Natsuki Tanii (JPN): 37+
Ladies’s Lead World Cup Outcomes
Males’s Lead Competitors
It was an ideal competitors for the U.S.’s Jesse Grupper. Not solely did the 25-year-old show the highest performances within the qualifying spherical, however he additionally duplicated his efficiency within the semi-finals, and was considered one of simply two climbers within the semis to prime the route.
Although not one of the males’s opponents managed to prime the ultimate route in Briançon, Grupper got here the closest by controlling the thirty seventh maintain. It’s his third podium end in 4 Lead competitions this 12 months.
Talking concerning the efficiency later, he forged himself in a lampooning gentle.
“I’m nonetheless just about in shock and tremendous psyched! I really feel like that was most likely one of many worst climbed routes of my life in some methods, but in addition I used to be simply so psyched to maintain combating by every transfer and it felt so good to tug it off,” Grupper stated.
One other prime performer for this season, Taisei Homma of Japan, took second in males’s with a rating of 35+. It’s Homma’s second consecutive silver medal and third podium this season — he took gold in Villars.
Germany’s Alexander Megos stepped into third, additionally with a rating of 35+. Countbacks to the semi-final spherical broke the tie. It’s the primary time this season that Megos has stepped onto the rostrum. He landed his final IFSC medal on the 2021 Lead competitors in Villars.
- Jesse Grupper (USA): 37
- Taisei Homma (JPN): 35+
- Alexander Megos (GER): 35+
- Yannick Flohe (GER): 35+
- Colin Duffy (USA): 34+
Males’s Lead World Cup Outcomes